Michigan News

Michigan judge rescinds order in sex offender child custody case

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A Michigan judge on Tuesday rescinded his order that gave a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her when she was 12. Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross stressed that he was unaware of ...

Civil rights director nixes bonus

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is turning down a $24,740 bonus that was approved by a state commission in a closed-door vote. Agustin Arbulu said in a statement Tuesday he appreciates the “vote of confidence” from the Michigan Civil Rights ...

Michigan pilots of all backgrounds meet weekly

By DANIELLE SALISBURY Jackson Citizen Patriot AP Member Exchange NAPOLEON, Mich.— One by one, the little planes rumble up the grass runway. Their pilots — a World War II veteran, a retired corporate flyer, a mechanic, a philanthropist — chat on their radios, and soon they are in the sky, ...

1 dead after ambulance hits car, goes off bridge

MAPLE GROVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An ambulance apparently ran a stop sign and rammed into a car on a rural Michigan bridge on Monday, killing the car’s driver and sending the ambulance tumbling off the span into waist-deep water, authorities said. The two emergency workers in the ambulance ...

Police attacker sentenced

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — An Indiana man accused in an attack on a Michigan State Police trooper has been sentenced to 15 to 50 years in prison. WSBT-TV reports that 19-year-old Travis Wise, of Middlebury, appeared Monday in a Berrien County court on a charge of assault with intent to murder. ...

Woman slain, co-worker arrested

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — A 49-year-old woman has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a co-worker in a Detroit-area department store. The shooting was reported about 7 a.m. Monday at the Burlington in Taylor. The 49-year-old shooting victim was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. ...

Woman loses lawsuit appeal

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has dropped the curtain on a lawsuit by a woman who said she was ushered to the wrong seat at a Detroit theater, fell and hit her head. Betty Davis ended up missing the Tyler Perry show at the Fox Theatre. Now she’s lost her case in a 3-0 decision ...

Village to end police contract after chief’s home raided

OAKLEY, Mich. (AP) — A village in central Michigan has decided to not renew its contracts with its police department after federal agents raided the chief’s home. Trustees in Oakley unanimously voted Tuesday not to renew contracts for the part-time, six-person department. The current ...

Google expanding in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — Google says it’s expanding in Michigan with a move from the Detroit suburbs into the city’s reviving downtown. The company said Tuesday that it will soon move to Detroit’s tech-aspiring downtown area and double its space from the 17,000 square feet it occupies in ...

Snyder meets about Etue’s post

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has met privately with black lawmakers after the Michigan State Police director shared someone else’s Facebook post that called NFL players kneeling during the national anthem “anti-American degenerates.” Snyder has said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue’s ...

Bill about fuel tanks sent to Gov.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would spend more money reimbursing gas station owners to clean up leaky, environmentally risky fuel tanks under legislation sent to Gov. Rick Snyder. The Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill 26-10 Tuesday months after House approval. Democrats were ...

93-pound Petoskey rock to be displayed in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A 93-pound (42-kilogram) Petoskey rock illegally removed from Lake Michigan will be permanently displayed in Detroit. State parks chief Ron Olson tells The Associated Press that the big specimen will be moved to Michigan’s popular Outdoor Adventure Center, east of downtown ...

Custody order put on hold in sex offender case

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — A judge on Tuesday put an order on hold that granted a convicted sex offender joint legal custody of a child born to a woman who said the man raped her, and she became pregnant, when she was 12. Sanilac County prosecutors said the case started when ...

Michigan inmate’s published book raises ethics questions

COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan inmate’s book that was published this summer is raising questions as to whether a prison writer should profit from tragedy. Curt Dawkins, 49, is imprisoned for fatally shooting Tom Bowman of Kalamazoo while on drugs in 2004. He’s serving life without ...

Another official facing manslaughter charge in Flint water case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A special prosecutor said Monday the he will add a charge of involuntary manslaughter against Michigan’s chief medical executive in a criminal investigation of the tainted water crisis in Flint and an extraordinary outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Dr. Eden Wells was ...

Drivers in deadly crash identified

LEONI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified the two drivers who were killed when a vehicle driving the wrong way on a central Michigan highway collided with an oncoming vehicle. Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Director Mike Jester said Monday the crash on U.S. 127 in ...

Official state Christmas tree comes from UP

MARQUETTE — A spruce tree from Stephenson,, in Menominee County will travel south to Lansing this month to become Michigan’s 32nd official Christmas tree. The tree, which was chosen by staff from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, is expected to arrive at the ...

Albion College to use donation for new music building

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — Albion College is using the largest donation in its 182-year history on a new music building on campus. A statement from the university says that construction on the new building could begin as early as fall 2018. Richard and Marilyn Vitek made the undisclosed donation, ...

Organization to teach coding to girls in Detroit area

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Computers already are a big part of Marianna Campbell’s life. Now, the 17-year-old Detroit resident is looking forward to attending workshops, classes and discussions with other girls who want to learn about cyber technology. With a focus on ...

100s downstate lose power

DETROIT (AP) — Strong winds blasted through parts of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, knocking tree limbs onto power lines and cutting electricity to hundreds of homes and businesses. The driver of an ice cream truck and two customers received minor injuries after a tree toppled onto the ...